Cloud Security, Managed Services

Driven Technologies Acquires ieMentor


With its acquisition of ieMentor, Driven Technologies is gaining capabilities around Cisco security, networking and data center solutions.

Driven Technologies announced the acquisition on January 3 — M&A deal No. 6 that MSSP Alert and sister site ChannelE2E have covered so far in 2024. See more than 2,000 technology M&A deals for 2023, 2022, 2021 and 2020 listed here. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Based in New York City, Driven Technologies is a privately held cybersecurity and cloud-native service provider. The acquisition boosts its ranks to 85 employees worldwide, more than 70% of whom are engineers, the company said.

Founded in 2005 by CEO Roman Rodichev, Brookfield, Wisconsin-based ieMentor initially gained acclaim for its Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) training services, empowering engineers to achieve critical Cisco certifications, the company stated. ieMentor offers Cisco Gold class certifications, which recognize partners for the broadest technical skills. ieMentor notes that it has “evolved into a comprehensive lifecycle IT solutions provider.”

"Joining the Driven Technologies team was a natural fit,” said Rodichev, who joins the Driven Technologies leadership team. “Throughout the years, our team has assisted organizations in modernizing and securing their networks using Cisco solutions. Together with Driven Technologies, our offerings and expertise complement one another, enabling us to provide additional value, capabilities and depth of knowledge with an expanded emphasis on security to our customers."

Setting a Gold Standard

ieMentor customers will benefit from Driven's extensive managed services capabilities, including deep expertise in cybersecurity, AI-powered security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR) and eXtended detection & response (XDR) capabilities, as well as a broad vendor portfolio, the companies said.

The combined organization will offer several advanced Cisco certifications and specializations, including:

  • Cisco Gold Integrator
  • Advanced Security Architecture Specialization
  • Advanced Collaboration Architecture Specialization
  • Advanced Data Center Architecture Specialization
  • Advanced Enterprise Networks Architecture Specialization
  • EA 3.0 All Technology Portfolios
  • Customer Experience Specialization
  • Cisco Webex Contact Center Specialization

Illuminating on the growth strategy behind the two companies joining forces, Driven Technologies CEO Rudy Casasola said:

"Our partnership with ieMentor on advanced security and networking offerings has been outstanding, leveraging their deep engineering expertise and CCIE certifications. This acquisition, together with ieMentor’s Cisco Gold Status, expands Driven's portfolio and accelerates our growth… ensuring clients receive unparalleled support in navigating the dynamic landscape of cybersecurity and cloud services.”

Jim Masters

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